The Church—as we have seen—is a reality that surpasses, mysteriously and infinitely, the sum of her members. In fact, in order to obtain Christ’s forgiveness, my sin was set over against the faith of his Church. Today this seems to have been forgotten by many theologians, priests, and laymen.
In an article on the National Catholic Report, the author asks why the Church places more emphasis on abortion than the death penalty. He ultimately succumbs to several errors and misunderstanding of Church teaching by placing a value on life that is measured by development and not the mere fact that life obtains its value from conception. Hence his comparison of death row inmates "who have been around for years" versus "a bundle of cells that one day may be born". It is error such as this that clouds issues and makes it more difficult for the Church to make Her proper position known. When we can all play on the same field using the same rules, then we can rightly address the death penalty while also fervently defending the rights of the unborn.
The question of questions. The one question that usually draws puzzling looks from Catholics. To an evangelical, this bewilderment becomes proof that Catholics don't have a personal relationship with Christ and feeds the idea that Catholics aren't real Christians and can't be saved. I would like to offer my view on why this question is so puzzling to Catholics and therefore draws such a stuttering reaction.